How to Make Last-Minute Lace Valentine Cards

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Since you can make these lace cards two at a time, consider giving one to a friend and one to a nursing home or other charity in need.
Gather your supplies. The more widths and colors of lace you have, the more fun youll have playing with different combinations.
Fold the cardstock square in half. On the front of the fold, draw a line of glue approximately the width of the piece of lace you are laying down.
Since you can make these lace cards two at a time, consider giving one to a friend and one to a nursing home or other charity in need.

Since you can make these lace cards two at a time, consider giving one to a friend and one to a nursing home or other charity in need.

Photo: Linda Permann

Last month when I was in Texas, I had a chance to look through my grandmother's very large stash of sewing supplies. I came upon a huge bag of lace and lacy seam tape. As far as  I know, my grandmother made all of her clothing, right down to her underwear! So most of this lace must have been for lingerie and underthings, none of which I make (although this might be the universe speaking to me to try it!). I wanted to find a way to use some of the lace for Valentine's Day cards, so I came up with these (which I sent off to the Etsy Share Your Love Project). I sent one to my grandma, too!

The way I assembled these cards makes it easy to make two 4-inch x 4-inch cards with the same lace pattern at the same time, which should speed up your process if you have lots of sweethearts. Of course, you can make the cards any size you want and add all sorts of trims and doodads. To make two 6-inch x 6-inch cards at a time, you can use a 12-inch x 12-inch sheet of cardstock. If you are mailing these, remember that square envelopes require extra postage (the small ones, however, will fit in a standard card envelope).

You'll need:

  • 8-inch x 8-inch sheets of cardstock
  • Glue stick (I used Craft Bond by Elmer's)
  • 9-inch lengths of lace
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


Gather your supplies. The more widths and colors of lace you have, the more fun you'll have playing with different combinations.

Note: This project works best with really thin, synthetic laces with lots of mesh. Save your vintage hand-crocheted lace for another use, or use a heavier glue.


Fold the cardstock square in half. On the front of the fold, draw a line of glue approximately the width of the piece of lace you are laying down.


Press the lace into the glue. Your fingers will get sticky, so just go with it. Lift up the short ends of the lace  and spread some extra glue to make sure it sticks to the card really well. Repeat with as many strips of lace as you like.


Cut the edges of the lace with scissors. Measure along the length of the card to find the center, and cut the card in half—this will give you two 4-inch x 4-inch cards.


Repeat as many times as necessary. Since you can make these two at a time, consider giving one to a friend and one to a nursing home or other charity in need.

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